|An Evening of Player Pianos|
In a two part program, Charles Amirkhanian and Bill Schechner interview members of the Automatic Musical Instrument Collectors Association(AMICA), and listen to a number of automatic performances, including popular and classical works. Recorded at Sally and Dale Lawrence's house in Kensington, California. AMICA members: Dick Rutlinger, Dale Lawrence, Sally Lawrence, Mel Luccetti. Engineered by George Craig.
Keywords: AMICA; Player Pianos; mechanical music; player piano rolls; pump piano
|Morning Concert: Piano: No Hands|
In a recording made in 1992, Charles Amirkhanian hosts a program featuring music played on the Disklavier, a sort of modern player piano. It is a devise that can be attached to a grand piano so as to enable it to record, playback, and even manipulate music played on its keys. In the first half of the program, Charles is joined in the studio by Gary Noland, who has composed a number of pieces for the Disklavier...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert Series; Interview and Music; 20th Century Classical; Mechanical Music; Disklavier
|Speaking of Music: Conlon Nancarrow|
Recorded on February 2, 1984 as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer Conlon Nancarrow before a live audience. After playing a short documentary on the life and work of Conlon Nancarrow, Charles Amirkhanian talks with the composer about his music written for the player piano.
Keywords: Speaking of Music Series at the Exploratorium; Interview and Music; Mechanical Music; New Music; Conlon Nancarrow
|Ode to Gravity: Fur Augun und Ohren|
The program begins with excerpts from a 1980 recording titled "Word of Mouth” which features prepared talks by artists given on the island of Ponape in the Pacific Ocean. You will hear segments by Laurie Anderson, Joan Jonas, William T. Wiley, & John Cage. From Micronesia Charles Amirkhanian then takes us to West Berlin to participate in “Fur Augen und Ohren", a spectacular exhibition of mechanical and electronic music making devices dating from the past four centuries...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview and Music; Mechanical Music; Modern Art
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|New Music America 1981: Tapes of Studies for Player Piano by Conlon Nancarrow|
The second Act of the June 12th concert of the 1981 New Music America Festival was devoted to the music of Conlon Nancarrow, who specialized in composing for the player piano. However unlike the ragtime player piano music that many people are familiar with, Nancarrow’s works are distinguished by their immense mathematical complexity and remarkable speed. In some ways they are not unlike a Bach fugue or canon played at speeds that were impossible to imagine before the advent of the computer...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; New Music America series; Music; New Music; Mechanical Music; Conlon Nancarrow
|Ode to Gravity: Conlon Nancarrow, Studies for Player Piano|
Charles Amirkhanian introduces recent compositions by this American composer, who since 1947 developed a unique body of complex pieces, all for player piano. Nancarrow was able to punch carefully calculated holes in player piano rolls and make the instrument perform inhumanly difficult figures. His concerns with rhythm and sonority are more advanced than almost any in the world, yet his music makes an immediate impression even to those who don’t normally like avant-garde music...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity Series; Interview and Music; 20th Century Classical; Mechanical Music; Conlon Nancarrow